Ground-penetrating radar reveals huge monument near Stonehenge
Sep07

Ground-penetrating radar reveals huge monument near Stonehenge

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Stonehenge is an iconic and mysterious English landmark, but it’s not the only place to attract the interest of local archaeologists. Nearly 100 stone monoliths have been discovered at a site called the Durrington Walls, about two miles north-east of Stonehenge. For the average visitor, there’s little to see at ground level — just the grassy remains of a sloping bank. But with ground-penetrating radar, researchers have mapped the area and discovered evidence of up to 90 stones three feet underground. Around 30 remain intact, measuring up to 4.5 meters tall, while fragments of a further 60 lay beside them. The team believe that the standing stones were eventually toppled over by neolithic builders, making way for the massive defensive bank that now sits on top of them. They’ve been hidden for millennia, which is why the team used “non-invasive geophysical prospection and remote sensing technologies” — boy, that’s a mouthful — to inspect the area and see what was below the already precious “super-henge” remains. None of the stones have been excavated yet, but their discovery sheds new light both on Stonehenge and the surrounding area. What we don’t know of course, is why prehistoric settlers erected them in the first place. Cremated bone fragments suggest Stonehenge was once a burial ground — but much of its history, like the Durrington Walls, still remains a mystery.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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3D Robotics teases stylish drone with pro features
Apr07

3D Robotics teases stylish drone with pro features

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. While 3D Robotics makes some amazing drones, it’s not exactly known for its design flair. It seems that’s about to change, according to a tease of a rakish new model, however. The video (below) is light on details, but we can glean a few things: for instance, it looks like it’ll have first person view (FPV) flying out of the box, judging by an included phone clip. We’d guess you can also pre-program a flying route, and the dots on the case lid strongly imply follow-me settings. Lastly, it appears that 3DR has a sleek new gimbal design. None of this is too surprising, given that 3D Robotics helped pioneer features like follow-me. But the styling suggests a consumer-friendly model (that even a baboon can fly, apparently), along with pro-level features that allow for easy operation by cinematographers and others. All that will come in handy, given a loosening of drone-flying rules by the FAA. The new model is set for a proper reveal on April 13th, five days after arch-competitor DJI said it would launch its own new model. That’ll make the next five days especially interesting for drone fans, especially once we can compare the pricing and specs of both models.     Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Nikon Coolpix P900 point-and-shoot has a monstrous 83x zoom
Mar01

Nikon Coolpix P900 point-and-shoot has a monstrous 83x zoom

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you’re a fan of superzoom cameras, you may have to look no further than Nikon’s Coolpix P900 to find the category’s new king. This compact, yet powerful point-and-shoot features a remarkable 83x optical zoom, the equivalent of 24-200mm, which is quite outstanding for a camera this size. While the whopping zoom range is the obvious highlight spec here, there’s a lot more to the Coolpix P900. Namely, a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, an autofocus system with support for up to 7 fps continuous shooting, NFC, WiFi and a 3-inch, articulating LCD display. Sure, those seem like standard features found in most entry-level cameras nowadays, more or less — but not so much the super, super 83x zoom. Either way, Nikon’s making its Coolpix P900 available next month for $600, in case any of you are into it. Are you?         Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Bjork’s next music video is made for virtual reality
Feb28

Bjork’s next music video is made for virtual reality

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Let’s say for a moment that the experimental Oculus VR movies that came out of Sundance didn’t do anything for you, but that Icelandic songwriters totally float your boat. You’re in luck because Björk’s upcoming video for “Stonemilker” will be available for Oculus Rift, according to an interview with Fast Company. She says that the platform is “almost more intimate than real life” and finds it exciting in general, citing its “crazy panoramic” abilities. Don’t go thinking this means she’ll release an entire album for it, similar to what she did with 2011’s Biophilia being released as an app, though: “I only did that album because I felt like I had content that made sense, that could relate to the technology. It can’t just be working with the gadget for the sake of the gadget. But also it’s about budgets. You can do apps cheaply. Apps was kind of punk, actually. It was like starting a punk band again. Filming for Oculus Rift is not.” One other way you can see her work in virtual reality is at the Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective of her career, which opens March 8th in New York. What’s more, Björk says she’s keeping her new album off of Spotify because, well, in her words streaming music “seems insane.” Her reasoning is that, like Taylor Swift’s, it’s about respect for music, not particularly the financial aspect. Should you want a deeper look inside her brain, be sure to hit the source link below.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Disney’s retelling the ‘Star Wars’ film saga with Legos
Feb27

Disney’s retelling the ‘Star Wars’ film saga with Legos

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. There isn’t a way to turn back time and prevent the Star Wars prequels from ever releasing (just ask Cher), but maybe Disney XD’s upcoming crack at them could make the flicks palatable. You see, the channel is prepping the launchpad for The Force Awakens‘ December release with a Lego retelling of the entire story so far. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales will recount the narrative in five, 22-minute episodes, as told from the viewpoint of chatterbox C-3PO and his stubby companion R2D2 in a “brand new story.” It takes place after Return of the Jedi‘s Battle of Endor and has the pair, almost assuredly Goldenrod, telling the six-episode narrative in chronological order. How it’ll compress roughly 13 hours of sci-fi into a little over 100 minutes is anyone’s guess at this point, however. You could look at this as a blatant ploy to get kids amped up for seeing the new flick, and you’d likely be right, but if it makes Episodes 1 -3 watchable and is to the same level of quality as The New Yoda Chronicles (below)? I’m intrigued. Writers and directors haven’t been announced yet, but that’ll likely change come Comic Con in San Diego. [ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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See Russia’s Tesla Tower through the eyes of a drone
Feb18

See Russia’s Tesla Tower through the eyes of a drone

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Russia’s massive impulse generator that can shoot deadly 500 to 650-foot lightning bolts isn’t exactly off limits, but it is tucked away near a forest, far from the usual tourist traps… for obvious reasons. Thankfully, Russia Today got permission to film the Tesla Tower-inspired complex, giving us a complete view of the whole facility from up high. The Marx generator, also called the “Tesla Tower” like the early 1900s New York facility that inspired it, was built during the 1970s 25 miles west of Moscow. It’s so powerful, it can emit energy equivalent to the electricity produced by all the power plants in Russia for 100 microseconds. The tower’s original purpose was to serve as a testing ground during the USSR’s quest to weaponize electromagnetic pulses, but these days, the country’s using it to test its superjets’ lightning protection. If you’d rather not risk going near a structure that fires out bolts of lightning, you can see the Soviet era Tesla Tower for yourself in the video below the fold.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch Google’s Android Chorus bring 300 devices together in tinny harmony
Feb13

Watch Google’s Android Chorus bring 300 devices together in tinny harmony

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.In the hope of drawing attention to its Androidify app (and the fact that you’ve been able to make your own for almost four years now), Google programmed 300 devices (and their Android character) to ‘sing’ (and flail the limbs around, roughly in time, in the middle of a classy shopping center in upscale Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan. Like a bonafide real chorus, the devices were separated out into parts, though we could also pick out a smattering of beatboxing droids too. If you have entirely not enough pride, you could even take a turn as a conductor, with a gesture sensor conveying your hand movements to your Google singing group. For such overtly public shaming, you were rewarded with a free Android t-shirt. The performances will continue through this Valentine Day weekend, and it will all sound a little something like this: Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Nissan has a glow-in-the-dark Leaf EV, but you can’t buy one (video)
Feb12

Nissan has a glow-in-the-dark Leaf EV, but you can’t buy one (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Oh, Nissan, you tease. The company has just coated a Leaf EV with some custom-made glow-in-dark paint, which can apparently last for up to 25 years — but it has no plans (not yet, anyway) to make it available for purchase. Nissan has partnered with glow-in-dark pavement creator Hamish Scott to concoct a special paint as a symbolic representation of how Leaf inspires its owners to convert to solar energy. It’s easy to find glow-in-the-dark paints these days, of course, and you can even do Tron-like designs on your car if you want, but the company claims the one it mixed up isn’t like any other. The secret formula apparently uses organic materials, including an ingredient called Strontium Aluminate. This concoction absorbs energy from the sun during the day, which gives it power to glow at night for up to 10 hours. A glowy Leaf certainly sounds like it’ll go well with glow-in-the-dark roads; not to mention, it looks a lot tougher to steal. As we’ve mentioned, though, you can’t waltz into a dealership and demand for one ASAP, so you’ll just have to make do with watching it on video for now.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Taiwan plane crash gets captured (very closely) on in-car dashcam
Feb04

Taiwan plane crash gets captured (very closely) on in-car dashcam

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. As the TransAsia Airways plane clipped a bridge and crashed into a river in Taipei, it was all caught on a car dashcam, dangerously close. The tragic accident saw the plane glancingly hit a bridge shortly after takeoff, as seen in the video, with the plane and its 58 passengers crashing into a shallow river below. It’s the second of TransAsia’s ATR 72 planes to crash in the last year. We’ve added the video below. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google X Labs made synthetic skin to test a cancer-detecting bracelet
Jan29

Google X Labs made synthetic skin to test a cancer-detecting bracelet

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If someone asks you to name a Google X Labs moonshot, you’d probably say Glass, self-driving car or maybe even Project Loon. But as you might remember from the WSJD Live conference last year, it also has a flourishing Life Sciences division that employs 100 doctors and scientists, and one of their main projects is a Fitbit-like bracelet that can detect cancer cells. Now, The Atlantic has taken a peek into the division’s headquarters in Mountain View. The publication’s video (below the fold) also explains why the team has to create synthetic human skin mixed with the real thing to cover disembodied arms. See, those arms serve as testers for the Labs’ cancer-detecting bracelet project. For that to make sense, though, you need to understand how the system works: first you’ll need to take pills packed with nanoparticles that circulate throughout the body looking for cancer cells. If they find any, they’ll bind to those cells, which then literally light up. After that, the cell-particle combos make their way underneath the bracelet, since it has a magnet that attracts the nanoparticles. Since the team wants to make sure that an illuminated clump of cancer cells is visible through human skin, they created those practice arms. They’re covered in skin exhibiting different properties (thickness, etc.), as well as skin mimicking those of different ethnicities and skin tones. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Braille for the mouth could help deaf people hear
Jan19

Braille for the mouth could help deaf people hear

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The one thing that every technologist shares is the desire to solve a problem, and there are several as-yet unsolved issues that relate to disability. It’s not all bad news, however, since in the last few months we’ve seen inventions that help the blind get around, paraplegics play soccer and stroke victims to communicate. Now, researchers at Colorado State University has developed a way that could help the large proportion of people who aren’t able to have a cochlear implant regain a form of hearing. Rather than attempting to fix the issue, the team has gone the route of sensory substitution, which is to swap out one sense for another. The most common example of this is when blind people feel braille rather than reading text, since the solution here isn’t to cure their blindness, but to find a way around it. Similarly, instead of hearing audible signals, the new device would be an electrode-filled retainer that presses against the roof of your mouth. The retainer would be connected to a Bluetooth microphone, and so when someone spoke, these sounds would be translated into a series of vibrations, which you could then read by pressing your tongue to the roof of your month. All a person would then have to do is learn to decode these vibrations, which is apparently easier to do than some people would believe. The project is the brainchild of professor John Williams, who stumbled across the problem during a self-described mid-life crisis. The engineer had successfully developed electric propulsion systems for spacecraft, and was struggling to find a new challenge. Unfortunately, a lifetime of sticking his head into vacuum chambers caused him to develop tinnitus, which is what prompted him to begin investigating cochlear implants. It wasn’t long after that he decided to build something of this own design.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Avegant’s headphone-like wearable display arrives this fall
Jan04

Avegant’s headphone-like wearable display arrives this fall

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Avegant’s Glyph headset has been long in the making, but it finally looks to be ready for action… well, almost. The unique mash-up of headphone and wearable display is now poised to ship in fall 2015 for $599, or $499 if you pre-order before January 15th. That’s both a long time to wait and more expensive than you might have expected from the Kickstarter campaign, but that patience may just pay off. Avegant has unveiled the finished design for the Glyph (shown here), and it’s much sleeker than earlier concepts and prototypes would suggest — you’d be hard-pressed to tell that there are eyepieces tucked into the headband. We’ll give the finished design a try as soon as we can, so watch this space if you’re looking for a video headset that could liven up your commute. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Shoot fireballs from your wrist with Pyro (video)
Dec11

Shoot fireballs from your wrist with Pyro (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Who hasn’t dreamed of having the ability to shoot fireballs from our hands? Thanks to a new device from magician Adam Wilber, you can do just that. The appropriately named Pyro is controlled with a remote switch from up to 30 feet away and tucks under your sleeve to remain hidden. Worn on the wrist like watch, the gadget can shoot four fireballs, one from each of its four barrels, a distance of 10 feet before needing to be reloaded with flash paper. Pyro is currently sold out, but shelling out $174 will secure one when the new stock arrives December 17th. If you’re not into practicing illusions, at least now you won’t have to hold a Roman Candle during those real-life flamewars. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Cable-free elevator moves you in any direction (video)
Dec02

Cable-free elevator moves you in any direction (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Elevators are absolutely vital in tall buildings, but they have their limits — they can only move so quickly, and they can’t usually move sideways to fetch you from the far side of a building. Both of those problems should be solved at once if German design firm ThyssenKrupp has its way. Its new Multi elevators ditch cables in favor of magnetic linear motor technology (also used in maglev trains) to move both horizontally and vertically, letting them service very wide or unusually shaped buildings. They can operate in loops and aren’t limited by heights, either, so it’s easy to put multiple elevator cars in one shaft. You’ll ideally never wait longer than 30 seconds for a lift, and the space-saving design lets building owners offer more (or at least larger) apartments and offices. Multi isn’t the first cable-free, horizontal elevator; MagneMotion already has a system in use onboard an aircraft carrier for delivering weapons. However, this may be the first that you’ll actually get to use. ThyssenKrupp plans real-world tests for its elevator in a trial tower around 2016, and the hardware is intended for civilian buildings. If all goes well, you won’t have to spend ages waiting to get to your intended floor in the future… even if it’s at the very top of a skyscraper. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700 (video)
Nov26

The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700 (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Sony’s recently unveiled full-frame, mirrorless shooter, the A7 II, made a number of people quite excited when it was announced last week. Back then, though, the electronics company only revealed pricing and availability for Japan. Good news: Sony announced today that its A7 II will be coming to the US on December 9th, priced body-only for $1,700; there’s also a kit that’s $2,000, which includes an FE 28-70mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 OSS zoom lens. This price tag is similar to what we saw with the original A7 camera, and that’s largely due to the upgrades not being particularly huge. Still, the new A7 II does feature a novel 5-axis, in-body stabilization system, one that Sony claims can adjust itself to many different types of shakes whilst shooting photos and video. Above all, let’s not forget the main attraction here is that 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor — especially when you think about the compact package it comes in. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Nintendo is remastering ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask’ for 3DS
Nov05

Nintendo is remastering ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask’ for 3DS

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Oh, so a head-scratching leak from Target wasn’t enough to convince you? That’s fair, how about something a bit more concrete? Nintendo just revealed in its most recent Nintendo Direct stream that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is indeed getting a 3D remake, and it’s slated to hit shelves in Spring 2015. We’re coming for you, Skull Kid. On the off-chance that you’re not familiar with Majora’s Mask, it’s easily one of the darkest, most unnerving installments in the long-running Zelda series. You’ve essentially got Link running around and rewinding time over and over, all to stop a frankly terrifying, falling moon from obliterating the planet in three days. It’s also gained a bit of notoriety because of the strangely popular creepypasta that took inspiration from it, which you should probably read a few times ahead of the game’s release just to make sure you’re suitably weirded out going into it. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Logitech’s rugged new iPad keyboard looks like it belongs on a Surface instead
Oct28

Logitech’s rugged new iPad keyboard looks like it belongs on a Surface instead

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you know someone who uses a keyboard with their iPad, it’s a safe bet that they use one made by Logitech. The company’s releasing a new model today, called the Logitech Keys-To-Go. It’s a Bluetooth keyboard compatible with any iPad, and it looks an awful lot like a simplified version of the fabricky Touch Cover that comes with the Microsoft Surface. The $69.99 keyboard comes in red, black, and teal. It’s just over 6mm thick, meaning it’ll slip entirely unnoticed into any bag or backpack — though even at just six ounces it does add almost 50 percent more weight to the remarkably thin iPad Air 2. It’s made of what Logitech calls “FabricSkin,” a textured, spillproof surface that looks in photos like it’s basically identical to the Touch Cover’s grippy surface. It looks a bit wider than the iPad mini, which means it’ll be cramped but not impossibly so; it’ll certainly be easier than typing quickly on the iPad’s touchscreen. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump (video)
Oct24

Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Move over Felix Baumgartner (pictured above) — just two years after the daredevil’s record setting 128,000 foot Red Bull Stratos space jump, Google VP Alan Eustace has topped it. The New York Times reports Eustace rode a balloon 135,908 feet above New Mexico and dove back to Earth, opting for just a specially designed spacesuit / life support system instead of Baumgartner’s capsule + suit combo. It took two hours for the ride up, and another 15 minutes for the trip down, which peaked at speeds of up to 800 mph before the parachute system kicked in, and he glided back down to a landing site 70 miles away from where he started. He’s apparently been working on the project since 2011, and declined assistance from Google to go it alone, working with Paragon Space Development Corporation on the project, dubbed “StratEx.” He recorded the whole thing on GoPro cameras (of course) and you can watch highlights from the feat embedded after the break. [Image credit: AP Photo/Red Bull Stratos, Balazs Gardi] Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder (video)
Oct22

Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The above contraption may look like the kind of cassette player bygone teens used to use to create mix tapes, but it’s not – it’s a Raspberry Pi-powered Spotify speaker with NFC-based playlists. Its creator, a British builder named Matt Brailsford, said he came up with the idea after being introduced to the iRecorder, a novelty speaker designed to look like a traditional cassette recorder. Brailsford’s project is more than a glorified iPod dock, however: it uses those NFC playlists are embedded inside cassette tapes to dictate which of his Spotify jams is active, and the entire experience (volume, play, next and stop) can be controlled with the ancient recorder’s analog buttons below. The NFC-tapes are even double sided. Sadly, Brailsford’s modern technology couldn’t update all of the cassette player’s features: that record button doesn’t do anything anymore. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch Jony Ive and Elon Musk talk design and sci-fi transportation
Oct19

Watch Jony Ive and Elon Musk talk design and sci-fi transportation

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Tired of hearing little more than soundbites from tech luminaries such as Apple’s Jony Ive and Tesla’s Elon Musk? Today’s your lucky day. Vanity Fair has posted its full video interviews with both Ive and Musk, giving you an insight into how the two executives work. Not surprisingly, Ive’s chat focuses on his design philosophies and processes, including what he thinks of Xiaomi’s eerily familiar-looking products (spoiler: he doesn’t see them as “flattery”). Musk, meanwhile, drops both hints about Tesla’s semi-automated Model S P85D and discusses the motivations behind the science fiction-inspired transport from SpaceX and Tesla, including why it’s important for humanity to go to Mars. The two discussions are lengthy at about half an hour each, but they’re definitely worthwhile if you want to see what makes key industry figures tick. [Image credit: Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair]   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Audi’s self-driving RS 7 hits the racetrack this weekend
Oct17

Audi’s self-driving RS 7 hits the racetrack this weekend

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Audi, who’s long been toying with the idea of building self-driving cars, has upgraded one of its RS 7 sedans to build an autonomous concept vehicle for those who like to ride fast. The prototype looks pretty much like a production version RS 7, except its steering wheel, brakes, throttle valve and other components are all controlled by a self-driving system. This system uses GPS (for orientation), radio signals and a 3D camera (which takes pictures used for additional positioning information) to drive the car around a race track. You read that right: the upgraded RS 7’s nothing like Google’s wholesome bug-like car meant for ordinary people and everyday driving. No, it was made for race tracks and Fast and Furious movies, that’s why the company’s demonstrating what it can do on the Hockenheimring, a motor-racing circuit in Germany, on October 17th and 19th. The car will do one lap around the track — where Audi’s expecting it to reach a top speed of 149.1 mph and to finish in 2 minutes and 10 seconds – on both days completely driverless. This isn’t the first time Audi’s sending an autonomous car to conquer a race track, though: back in 2010, a driverless Audi TTS Coupe successfully climbed Colorado’s Pikes Peak mountain race circuit within 27 minutes. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Facebook launches “Safety Check” to let people know your status during natural disasters (video)
Oct16

Facebook launches “Safety Check” to let people know your status during natural disasters (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Facebook’s latest feature is one people will hope they never have to use. Today, the social network launched “Safety Check.” The tool is activated after a natural disaster, using either the city you say you lived in or you location settings if you use the “Nearby Friends” feature, and let’s you alert friends and family that you’re okay, while also tracking the status of others. “In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates,” wrote the company in a blog post about the feature. “It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families anxious for news.” Facebook said the feature grew out of lessons it learned and work it began to do following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “Our engineers in Japan took the first step toward creating a product to improve the experience of reconnecting after a disaster,” the company wrote. “They built the Disaster Message Board to make it easier to communicate with others. They launched a test of the tool a year later and the response was overwhelming.” Once the feature appears during a natural disaster, the user clicks a button that says, “I’m safe.” Likewise, users receive notifications about friends in disaster areas when they check in. The feature should now be live for all Facebook users. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Venturebeat - Read the original article...

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London’s new Tube trains come from the future (video)
Oct12

London’s new Tube trains come from the future (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.  London is getting ready to welcome new Tube trains for the next 40 years. Last week, London unveiled the new cars to the public for the first time, and when the trains finally hit the tracks starting in the mid-2020s, they’ll bring an appreciable list of improvements to riders. With the new design, you’ll be able to walk the entire length of the train, which frees up lots of space that was wasted just from closing off individual cars in the past. The entrances are now all evenly spaced and feature double-wide doors, which means it should be a lot faster to get on and off the trains. And you won’t have to “mind the gap” anymore: the cars are all shorter, which makes the trains more flexible and able to come much closer to the platform edge. There are smaller improvements, too, like strips of LED lights along the doors that clearly flash red to warn passengers as they’re about to close. In addition, all of the advertising and signage on the cars will use digital screens instead of paper inserts, and some of the deepest lines in London will get air conditioning for the first time with the new cars. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Sony unveils trailer for its first PlayStation original series, ‘Powers’
Oct12

Sony unveils trailer for its first PlayStation original series, ‘Powers’

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Sony has deliberately focused on the gaming capabilities of the PlayStation 4 to date, but the console isn’t just about video games. Sony Pictures Television is currently producing a PlayStation Plus-exclusive original series, called Powers, and we’ve just got our first look at the show at New York Comic Con. The cop drama is based on a comic of the same name, and it follows detectives who keep an eye on people with superpowers. According to a press release, the show asks: “what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?” Going off the trailer, it seems the show strikes a thoroughly mature tone, though we’ll just have to wait and see if Playstation’s first foray into programming is a success. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Microsoft’s new Android Wear keyboard has you drawing every letter
Oct11

Microsoft’s new Android Wear keyboard has you drawing every letter

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Microsoft’s support for Android Wear smartwatches isn’t limited to a handy OneNote app. The company’s research wing has slipped out Analog Keyboard, a prototype input app that has you drawing individual characters on your wristwear instead of trying to hit tiny keys. It’s not the fastest solution (and triggers a few flashbacks to old-school PDAs), but it’s very straightforward — you get a relatively big drawing area, and there’s a smart auto-correct system that you turn off just by pausing for a while between letters. Before you start drafting a magnum opus on your timepiece, be aware that this is definitely rough code. You have to sideload the app, and it saves battery life by dropping support for capital letters. Also, it doesn’t support either lower-resolution watches or future round models; your Gear Live or Moto 360 will work, but forget about trying the current Analog Keyboard on the G Watch or G Watch R. Provided that you’re willing to live with the many quirks, though, it’s worth a look if you’re not fond of voice dictation. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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George Lucas didn’t remake ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ you did (video)
Oct11

George Lucas didn’t remake ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ you did (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Given recent events, it can be difficult to remember that the internet is capable of pretty awesome stuff sometimes. Case in point: this super-cool shot-for-shot fan remake of The Empire Strikes Back that uses some 480 different filmmaking techniques. Spotted by Digg, it runs the gamut from hand-drawn animation, intentionally cheesy live-action and even a makeshift Echo Base populated with stop-motion LEGO minifigures – and that’s just within the first few minutes. Over 1,500 hopefuls submitted their 15-second scenes, and, like with Star Wars Uncut before it, the folks at Lucasfilm stitched the best of them together to create Empire Strikes Back Uncut. It’s pretty impressive on more than a few levels and we’ve embedded it just below. The video clocks in at just over two hours, so we heartily recommend pouring a frosty glass of blue milk and firing up your Chromecast to watch it. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Microsoft’s Project Spark game creator comes to Xbox One and PC
Oct07

Microsoft’s Project Spark game creator comes to Xbox One and PC

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you enjoy the creative part of building games but not so much the coding, Microsoft’s Project Spark is now available for Xbox One and PC (Windows 8.1 only). That marks the end of a six month beta period that saw over a million testers create 70,000 game levels, according to Microsoft. As a reminder, Spark lets you build games with relative ease by using onscreen tools to add monsters, geography, game dynamics and logic. You can also use a Kinect HD on either platform to capture your own movements and facial expressions for game characters. Download it now for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One for free, or as Microsoft helpfully suggested, buy a starter disk with content for $39.99. Otherwise, fresh content has to be earned during gameplay or by purchasing tokens.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Cult classic Vib-Ribbon will finally land in North America tomorrow
Oct07

Cult classic Vib-Ribbon will finally land in North America tomorrow

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Back in 1999, that little vectorized rabbit thing (Vibri, if you want to get specific) bounded across televisions in Japan and Europe in a quirky little PlayStation title called Vib-Ribbon, Now, 15 years later, gamers in North America are finally getting a chance to steer her through an array of trippy musically generated levels… as long as they have a PS3 or PS Vita. Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden wrote in a blog post today that the cult classic would go live in the PlayStation Store tomorrow (no firm price just yet), and that the PS3 version retains the game’s original hook: you’ll be able to pop in an audio CD, and the game will automagically create a level from each track. Alas, you won’t be able to play the game if you splurged on a PlayStation 4, though Layden was quick to point out that your time will soon come. Bummer, but hey: it’s not like you’re going to have to wait another 15 years, and you can peer beyond the jump to see what exactly you’ll have to look forward to. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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RomoCart turns your living room into a video game (video)
Oct07

RomoCart turns your living room into a video game (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Looking for something new to do with your iPhone-powered Romo robot? Well, you could always use it to turn your living room into a race track. Ken Kawamoto and Tomoaki Akitomi have paired the remote controlled phone-charger with a pico projector and an RGB depth sensor to turn their living room into an augmented reality video game — a two-car racer inspired by Mario Kart. RemoCart, as it’s called, isn’t a particularly fast paced racer (the Romo is pretty slow), but it has all the hallmarks of the classic Nintendo game: cars, a race track and special items and weapons that can turn the tide mid-race. Despite taking its name from the Kickstarter-sourced robot, RomoCart’s magic is mostly handled by its projector and depth camera. Not only does the RGBD camera keep track of the player’s Remos, it also maps out solid objects in the play area. This data is used to automatically create a race track on the floor’s open space. The projector also animates items on the play field, which can interrupt player control of the Remo to create the effect of being “hit” with a weapon. It’s a neat project, but right now it’s also unavailable — but the team promises to release the source code as soon as it can “find the time.” Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Scratching cassettes like vinyl records brings a new meaning to mixtapes
Oct06

Scratching cassettes like vinyl records brings a new meaning to mixtapes

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Sure, you could load a pair of turntables with a couple of vinyl records to hone those DJ skills, but what about that old cassette collection? Well, one inventive fellow created his own set-up using the tapes to achieve the same goal. Jeremy Bell created The ScrubBoard: a pair of cassette tape sections stretched across a board (hence the name) for scratching with a pair of tape heads. The two heads have been removed from Walkman-like cassette players, and the portable devices remain plugged into a sound system of some sort for audio. As Fact Mag points out, similar setups have been constructed before, but if you’ve got a stack of tapes and a couple of the portable players lying around, this certainly seems like a worthwhile weekend project. Bell is also looking to raise funds to create a actual product based on the project, which you can see in action after the break. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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